Where do I begin this week? I had major troubles gaining access to the show. As I have said before, I get very upset when I am unable to write my review when I like; Thursday night. However, the WWE management made the decision to broadcast through Hulu this week which is USA exclusive.
Like most people I have to work on a Friday during the day and I like to unwind at night. Having to write on a Friday, however, was the least of my problems as when WWE eventually decided to show Superstars internationally it was only in the form of 3 short clips accumulating to around 6 minutes of action. At this point things were going swimmingly.
YouTube had failed to produce any copies of the show and I was beginning to throw darts at my Vince McMahon dart board. Eventually, I was able to find 3 separate videos, which together, covered the entire episode. I hope to spare you the trouble in the following review.
Match One: Ted DiBiase vs. JTG
This bout is set for one fall and is Theodore’s first match on Superstars since early spring. He isn’t alone as his opponent, JTG, sparsely shows face on the D-show.
Ted starts with a bang landing a seismic standing dropkick. The high velocity offense continues as DiBiase clotheslines JTG over the top rope and follows with a dive to the outside. Scott Stanford plays up the contrasting financial upbringings of the superstars – a potential catalyst for a short feud? JTG begins to display some offense of his own. He initiates his attack with a huge clothesline and sustains his period of control with a waist lock. Ted works to a vertical base but JTG lands some innovative offense, an elevated belly-back moving into a neckbreaker, to maintain his dominant position.
JTG attempts his premier pin attempt at the four minute mark. His attempt fails and he looks to further dissipate his opponent’s energy with a second leg scissors waist lock. Ted breaks his opponent’s hold and raises the tempo. He lands his signature clothesline which looks menacing with the ramp side camera angle utilised. DiBiase follows with a sit out spinebuster but fails with the subsequent pin attempt. JTG comes off the top rope looking to re-establish himself, however, Ted connects with a dropkick to the midsection. JTG almost steals the win with a roll-up pin; 2 count. Ted DiBiase avoids an attempted clothesline thrown his way and counters with Dream Street; a successful pin attempt follows. Winner – Ted DiBiase
MoM – Ted DiBiase
This was a pleasant match. It is evident that both talents are hungry. For different reasons neither have had much ring time in the past 6 months. I think these two could work well in a feud; they have a natural angle with the contrasting financial aspect. Unfortunately, even with RAW going 3 hours I doubt such an angle would happen.
Match Two: Jinder Mahal vs. Drew McIntyre
I almost creamed my pants when I read about this match.
Apparently I am not the only one with sexual thoughts as Drew and Jinder host a make out session to start things off.
They drop the kissing for some back and forth jostling. Jinder wins the initial battle for control and lands a shoulder block but his attempts to further his offense are retarded by an incredible dropkick on the part of Lord McIntyre.
Drew climbs to the middle rope but Mahal reacts quickly as he rushes to his opponent’s position. The Indian grasps the injured arm of his opponent before flipping him off (not the Randy Orton type) his elevated position. McIntyre lands on the mat in position for some Jinder knee drops. As Mahal works over Drew with fists and axe-handles the crowd begin to chant “USA”. I have never understood said chant when neither competitor hails from America. It sounds ignorant and, considering Jinder’s presence, slightly racist. We could do without that particular chant in future.
Mahal lands a double underhook suplex before working on Drew’s broken wrist. McIntyre appears very tired and whilst on his knees catching his breath Jinder lands a running knee to the face. Jinder continues to control the bout landing further offense with a side Russian leg sweep. Mahal comes off the ropes looking for some running offense but Drew responds well with a huge clothesline. McIntyre follows with a snap suplex and big boot. He gives the Cesar thumbs down and lands Future Shock for the win. Winner – Drew McIntyre
MoM – Drew McIntyre
Drew competed as a face in this bout. I liked it and I would enjoy seeing him feature as a face in future. As I stated in the play by play Drew appeared fatigued as the bout entered the latter stages. He has been out for a few weeks with his injury but his performance was largely impressive. Jinder contributed well as he dictated an efficient tempo throughout.
Match Three: David Otunga vs. Tyson Kidd
Tyson; I like. Otunga; not so much. I’ll try not to gouge my eyeballs out during this one.
Otunga locks in an arm twist but Tyson breaks his hold to land a takedown which leads to a short spear at the apron. Angered by his opponent’s resistance David becomes more aggressive with his offense ejecting Kidd from the ring with a viscous forearm.
Otunga returns to the ring to continue the physical onslaught. Tyson begins to employ his powerful kicks to gain a more favourable position. The Calgary Kidd begins to build some momentum but David employs the laws of physics (p=mv) using his opponent’s accumulated force against him to optimise the impact of his Verdict finishing manoeuvre. Winner – David Otunga
MoM – Tyson Kidd
Yes you read right. David Otunga beat Tyson Kidd. Before you get upset and do something stupid like post an anti-Otunga comment on Twitter I want you to take a deep breath. You may regret such criminal actions at a later point in life.
This was a short bout which was for one purpose only; to give David a run out in the ring with a talented worker. Otunga doesn’t wrestle as regularly as he used to hence I can understand the reason for the match as well as the outcome.
Match Four: The Prime Time Players vs. The Usos
Feeling guilty about exposing us to the toxic ring skills of David Otunga in the previous bout the booking team compensate by featuring the Prime Time Players. The Usos ain’t too bad either.
The commentary team enlighten us with information to help us distinguish between the Samoan brothers because it is customary to begin each Uso match that way.
Black Cena has his hair messed up by Jey Uso before the Samoan brothers begin to work over Young tagging in and out several times. Darren finds an escape route from the Uso hall of pain and tags in O’Neill. Darren struggled; Titus fails to change the team’s fortune. D-Young decides to have another attempt and performs a nice spot where he catapults over the turnbuckle onto the mat below following an Irish whip. Jey Uso capitalises with a dive from the adjacent turnbuckle.
D-Young continues to struggle attempting to establish an attacking position but after some interference from Titus he lands a nice neckbreaker at the apron. O’Neil tags in and almost takes Jimmy’s head off with a running clothesline. Titus drains J’s energy with a set of powerful and methodical strikes. The Prime Time Players perform several tags and double teams. Their double team moves are good but they could add some more variety in this area. D-Young repeatedly calls Jimmy a Punk; it may not sound funny but it certainly is when it comes from the mouth of Darren Young.
Jimmy has a spurt of energy and grounds Titus with a backdrop. It is hot tag time. Jey Uso successfully connects with his signature moves before calamity commences when all four competitors get involved. The PTPs emerge victorious after a finishing double team. Winners – The Prime Time Players
MoM – Darren Young
J’adore le Prime Time Players. I really do. They have all of the ingredients required to go on and become big stars in the WWE. Darren and Titus are a great example of how tag team wrestling can significantly change the fortunes of wrestlers who are lost in the pack.
Each and every time the Usos perform I provide the same diagnosis. They are talented wrestlers but are not achieving their potential in the ring. Also, they have to stop smiling so much and try and connect with the audience in a more genuine and credible way.
If I ignore all of the hassle I had gaining access to the show then I will admit to enjoying this week’s episode. It was refreshing to see both Ted DiBiase and JTG on the show and I enjoyed their chemistry. I would like to see more of those two going forward.
Jinder and Drew kept the momentum of the show going with an exciting physical bout. It was interesting to see McIntyre in the face role. Drew was a face as the FCW Champion and it worked well; the roster could benefit from Drew McIntyre face turn. Annoyingly, he will likely continue as a heel but perhaps we’ll get a Future Shock in the form of a turn.
Tyson Kidd’s match with David Otunga was short. How short? Blink and you’ll miss it. That is assuming your blink lasts around 3 or 4 minutes. As I said earlier, David required a quick run out on TV to keep him fresh. This match achieved that. It was fit for purpose. However, the purpose wasn’t particularly interesting.
Our main event wasn’t the match of the night but it was the bout which I enjoyed most. Darren and Titus bring so much more than simply solid wrestling skills to the ring. Their swagger, attitude and verbal mocking of their opponents is engrossing from a fan perspective.
Is this week’s show worth checking out? Yes. It wouldn’t be if you had to search around for the various links but I have enclosed some videos below for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy at your will. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you all back here next week for some more WWE Superstars discussion. Thanks for reading.
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